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Queensland Health media release COVID-19 case identified on Russell Island

5 September 2020 Queensland Health has reported one new case of COVID-19 today, believed to be linked to another case. Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the case was a woman in her sixties living on Russell Island in the Metro South Hospital and Health Service area. "We want to reassure the people of Russell Island and other islands in the area that we've been planning for situations like this and we are well prepared to ensure that their health needs are taken care of," Dr Young said. "Contact tracing is underway and we will continue to assess the situation and provide the local community with the relevant advice as more information comes to light. "Metro South Health is currently planning to set-up a pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic at the Russell Island Recreation Hall, 2 High St, Russell Island, near the ferry terminal, and at this stage it will be in operation from 4pm - 8pm today and 8am - 4pm tomorrow. "They are also in the process of arranging for the patient to be transferred to the mainland. “While we are still determining where the virus may have been acquired, we are working closely with this patient to gather necessary information, including other places she may have visited whilst infectious.” “Vigilance is key to keeping community transmission out of the islands and out of Queensland." Dr Young urged people with COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested.


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